How to analyse these questions:
First you have to know there are three schools of thought you need to keep in mind when answering these questions: Realism, liberalism, constructivism
Second thing you have to know is:
Kenneth Waltz gave these three levels of analysis and you have to know them to answer these questions:
1. Individual level analysis
2. State level analysis
3. System level analysis
Answer these 3 questions using the information above when relevant
A. New power generation: the world leaders of tomorrow
o Every politician talks of building a better tomorrow. To what extent do you think
policymakers individual attributes and motives can still (and will) influence foreign policy?
o Comparing the different schools in political science, what are the factors you think will
shape the new horizon of political leaders? Will they be more realist or idealist? Is the
rational model of decision making still valid?
B. The national interest: its strategic dimension and implementation in foreign policy
o What is the national interest? And is it still a useful concept for explaining the foreign policy
of a country?
o How does realism understand the concept of national interest?
C. Perspectives after the COVID-19
o Considering the different perspectives and approaches we discussed in class, where, if
anywhere, do you think a major change will happen in the international system? Is this
pandemic likely to foster international cooperation, or will it promote disintegrative
tendencies within the global system?
o On a state-level analysis, do you think that COVID-19 is a geopolitical game-changer?